The Four Noble Truths
Suffering, attachment, freedom from attachment and the Noble Eightfold Path.
Elsewhere I was called a fundamentalist. And that fundamentalism is not the middle way. I am not sure if that is really true or not. But This is the fundemental teaching of the Buddha Dharma.
There are to many great teachers out there that have done commentaries on this subject but a lot of people seem to not understand or have the knowhow to look it up for themselves.
Here it is for me.
Suffering: That stuff in life that bothers us. Conditions real or imagined it is all the same. Sometimes we don't even recognize it as suffering. Maybe even most of the time. For me to key into it took the suffering of others in mass.
Attachment to desires: We want stuff that we think will end our suffering. It doesn't matter who you are Bill Gates suffers to, he just has a different kind of suffering than you and I do.
An end to suffering. Stop wanting! This seems impossible for a lot of things. How can a prisoner stop wanting to get out of prison? a crippled person to stop wanting to get out of a wheelchair? A Marine stop wanting to no longer see death, fear, and anger all around him.
The answer to how to end suffering? That good old Noble Eightfold Path.
Right View: looking at things from a third perspective not limiting yourself to ideas of good or bad. Just things as they are.
Fight Intention: The will to commit yourself to this eighfold path among other things. Can you?
Right Thought: To not have a fault finding mind. In a world of critics this is hard. Just try to see the beauty around you.
Right Speech: I covered this in detail as "Kind Speech" and "Love Words"
Right Action: Just do the right thing, simple right?
Right livelihood: don't work in a job that harms others. I know this sounds strange coming from the guy with a gun. Don't sell drugs, be a thief, or make a living off of causing suffering to others.
Right Effort: Are you really so busy that you cant turn off the TV and do some thing good for you like practicing the next two steps of the path.
Right Mindfulness: Just be aware of what's going on, don't worry it will get better the more aware you are because for all the bad things that are so important to you now are far outweighed by the beauty that surrounds us. WAKE UP!
Right Concentration: Meditation takes care of this and allows you to hone this part of the path.
This sure is not the end all be all of this subject from me and like I said there are a lot of good commentaries on it. I hope this one helps someone.
Be well and happy!